Some calm has been established by Akshay Karnewakr and Mohit Kale. Vidarbha’s lead is a shot away from hitting the 100 mark. Still, a lot of work is remaining to be done. Chetan Sakariya and Jadeja are in the midst of testing spells.

 

 

10:44(IST)Akshay Karnewar is at the crease for Vidarbha. He was the key figure in the homeside going on to score 300-plus in the first innings. He will need to play another such knock to ensure that his side can post a compeitive total because they are on the verge of getting bundled out for under 150 and handing Saurashtra a gettable target.

 

 

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10:26(IST)Two quick wickets! Dharmendrasinh Jadeja removes Ganesh Satish for 35 and Jaydev Unadkat gets rid of Akshay Wadkar for a duck. Vidarbha are now 73/5, lead by 78 runs.

 

 

10:14(IST)WICKET! Dharmendrasinh Jadeja gets the big wicket of Wasim Jaffer! It was a flatter delivery outside off, Jaffer only manages a edge while trying to dab it past the slip fielder. Excellent catch from the substitute keeper Barot. Jaffer out for 11.

 

 

 

 

09:49(IST)Unadkat’s second over goes by in an uneventful manner. Chetan Sakariya is now generating some speed, and stand-in keeper Avi Barot is chirpy behind the stumps in a bid to will the bowlers into taking a wicket. The Ranji Trophy rules permit a stand-in keeper at any point in the game.

 

 

09:35(IST)The first over of the day ends with Ganesh Satish flicking the ball neatly off his pads for four. Jaidev Unadkat steamed in to good effect the entire over, only for it to be blotted by the four.

 

 

09:16(IST)Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy final between Vidarbha and Saurashtra at the VCA Stadium, Nagpur! The match is in a very interesting position, with Vidarbha 60 runs ahead in the second innings for the loss of two wickets. Having ended the first innings in the lead, Vidarbha will win the Ranji Trophy should the match eventually end in a draw. For Saurashtra, an outright result is a must. We may just see this scenario affecting how both teams will approach the match in the next two days.